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7:00 p.m.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103

Conscientious Projector for May, 2015: The Impact of Overpopulation on Planet Earth

April 17, 2015
MV5BMjcxMjU5MDAwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDkyMjIzOA@@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_This month’s Conscientious Projector feature documentary, Mother: Caring for 7 Billionbrings to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, economic, humanitarian and social crises–global population growth. The groundbreaking, award-winning film screens on Thursday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.

Filmmaker Christophe Fauchére and a bevy of international experts and scientists examine the doubling of the number of people on Earth in the past 50 years and boldly address the reluctance of governments and societies to confront the problem due to its polarizing attendant factors of religion, economics, overconsumption, family planning and gender equality. Paul Erlich, author of the classic The Population Bomb and one of the film’s participants, has said, “Mother is a beautifully crafted and unique film that dispels the myths from business leaders and government that we can grow forever.”

 

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

The Human Cost of Fracking

March 16, 2015

Groundswell RisingOn Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector joins the national conversation and protest over the tragic damage to people and the environment caused by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, with a screening of the new documentary Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and WaterThe Resolution Pictures feature by the veteran producing-directing team of brothers Matt and Renard Cohen will show at Armory Center for the Arts. Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo has said of the film, “Besides the incredible information on fracking’s detriment to our health it is also a great look into what it is like to live in a town with fracking in the backyard. This film should be watched by everyone on the side of industry and those considering leasing their land to the gas companies. Plain and simply, it’s the human side of this debate.”

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

A Sustainable Future for the Amazon?

February 16, 2015

sharkposter-230x349This month’s Conscientious Projector selection, Shark Loves the Amazon, takes us to the Amazon for a look at what it will take to protect the world’s largest but endangered rainforest and support the millions of people who now live there.  The film will show on Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. 

Many still think of the Amazon as a land populated primarily by indigenous people surrounded by exotic flora and fauna, but that’s no longer a fully accurate picture. More than twenty million Brazilians have migrated there in recent decades and are themselves struggling to survive amidst modern challenges presented by deforestation, the free market economy, climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Author Mark London (The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization, written with journalist Brian Kelly) offers an updated analysis and a vision for a sustainable future for the region. NOTE: The “Shark” mentioned in the title refers to Mark, who is also an attorney.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Healing the Traumatized Mind

January 15, 2015

postersmall_free-the-mindJoin us on Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts for Director Phie Ambo’s stirring, beautifully crafted 2013 film, Free the Mind.  Can meditation, yoga, mindfulness and compassion play a pivotal role in treating childhood trauma, ADHD and PTSD? The pioneering work of University of Wisconsin psychologist Richard Davidson has shown that these contemplative practices can indeed aid in the healing of the human psyche and the restoring of emotional and psychological well-being. One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2006, Davidson and the stories of three of his patients are featured in Free the Mind, which follows a 5-year-old boy suffering from severe anxiety and two traumatized Iraq war veterans on their journey through life-changing experiments delving into the deepest recesses of the human mind.

Clinical psychologist Rev. Dr. Sally Howard will facilitate a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Responding to Climate Change: Innovation in Bangladesh

December 14, 2014

362199_300x300Join us on Thurs., January 8 at 7:00 p.m. for producer-director Glenn Baker’s Sundance Institute Award-winning documentary Easy Like Water.  One of the major injustices of climate change is that many of the world’s under-developed nations are facing its greatest threats, while their citizens bear little responsibility for its causes and impact. Bangladesh, the eighth most populous nation in the world, is a salient case in point. 20% of its land may be washed away by 2050 from rising sea levels and melting glaciers due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. 100,000 Bangladeshis are already being displaced each year. So it is both ironic and heartening that some of the most innovative, design-based climate change solutions are coming from this beleaguered country. Easy Like Water focuses on visionary architect Mohammed Rezwan’s project to replace flood-ravaged schools with solar-powered floating classrooms built on repurposed surplus boats, a model that Rezwan intends to expand to create floating health clinics, shelters, libraries and cinemas.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

December 11: 5 Broken Cameras and a Report from the West Bank

November 17, 2014

FiveBrokenCameras_DVD.inddIn this special program on December 11 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will show a substantial excerpt from the Oscar® nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras.  Bil’in, on the West Bank of Palestine, has been the center of an incredible resistance movement for the past ten years. Every Friday, peace marchers walk from this small hamlet to the Israeli wall in their efforts to protect their land from an encroaching settlement. Featured in  5 Broken Cameras, the Bil’in community has earned significant victories through their effective organizing strategies, including the moving of the wall 500 meters from its original location.

The excerpt will be followed by a report and community discussion led by Hector Aristizabel and Brian Biery of ImaginAction. Hector and Brian recently toured the West Bank and worked with the Popular Struggle Committee of Bil’in to develop nonviolent forms of protest and communication and the use of the arts as a creative mechanism for positive change. The event, cosponsored by All Saints Church’s Middle East Ministry, takes place on Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts and will include a photo exhibit chronicling Hector and Brian’s journey.

The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

The High Stakes of Real World Monopoly

October 19, 2014

PAY-2-PLAY-PosterFilmmaker John Wellington Ennis delves deeply into the subject of big money in politics in Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes, this month’s Conscientious Projector documentary screening on Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. In the days following this year’s midterm elections, the overarching influence of money in politics will certainly be a major topic of analysis. Using the popular board game Monopoly as a recurring metaphor, writer-director Ennis explores how billionaire donors like the Koch Brothers and others, enabled by Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon, influence both our electoral and legislative processes through widespread campaign contributions to candidates who share their anti-government views, while dedicated grassroots activists and artists work diligently to change the game and resurrect democracy as we have known it.

Executive Producer Holly Mosher will join us for a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

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